More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Great photo guide to Rottnest Island.

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Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among…

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The safest airlines of 2015


By Philip Ritchie

Image: Quantas via Wikipedia Image: Quantas via Wikipedia

Airlines lost a lot of credibility in 2014, despite the fact it was a good year for safety.

Their publicity game has shown disaster after disaster, as far as the average media-consumer is concerned, beginning with two Malaysia Airlines incidents and ending more recently with the crash of an AirAsia jet.fliguth

However, reports provided by Aviation Safety Network show you are, statistically, less likely to encounter a tragedy while flying now than you were a year ago. There were 29 fatal crashes in 2013, compared to 20 in 2014. Overall death tolls were on the opposite trend though, increasing from 265 to 692, excluding military and corporate incidents. This makes last year the most disaster-less year in recorded flight history, dating back to 1942.

Your safest choices

According to AirlineRatings, which evaluated 449 airlines, Australia’s favourite carrier, Quantas, maintained first place with…

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Johnny Depp Could Face 10 Years in Prison For Bringing His Dogs to Australia


Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for illegally bringing his dogs into Australia and failing to declare them.

The star, who is filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, brought his two Yorkshire terriers into Australia on his private jet.

An Australian senate committee was told on Monday that if the case goes to court, Depp could face up to 10 years in prison.

Earlier this month, the country’s agriculture minister said the dogs would need to leave Australia immediately or they would be euthanized.

“If we start letting movie stars—even though they’ve been [named] the sexiest man alive twice—to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody,” said Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, has since returned to California with the dogs.

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WordPress: Views by Country

I find it very useful that WordPress allows me to see visits to my blog by country. Here are the top ten countries since I started in November 2014. It’s been about 6 months and it looks like my top viewers are from USA followed by Singapore and then Australia.  It think it has to do with how connected a country is as well and it’s overall population.  The stats are both fascinating and motivational to me.